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Thanks to the sports information directors across the league for this week’s notes, along with ESPN Stats & Information.
ACC: For perhaps the first time in league history, two players from the same high school returned punts for touchdowns on the same day for different ACC teams. North Carolina’s Giovani Bernard (70 yards) and Florida State’s Rashad Greene (47 yards) both had touchdowns on punt returns Saturday. Both played their prep football at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
BOSTON COLLEGE: Chase Rettig completed 32 of 51 passing attempts for a career-high 441 yards in a loss to Miami. The last time a BC quarterback had more attempts? Matt Ryan had 56 in a 42-35 loss at Maryland on Nov. 10, 2007. Glenn Foley was the last quarterback to throw for more yards, when he had 448 against Virginia Tech in 1993.
CLEMSON: In addition to setting the school record with 13 receptions, DeAndre Hopkins caught the go-ahead fourth-quarter touchdown in a 26-19 win over Auburn. Hopkins' catch was made in the same corner of the same end zone at the Georgia Dome that his uncle, Terry Smith, made against Kentucky in the 1993 Peach Bowl. Smith’s 21-yard touchdown reception came with 20 seconds left, giving the Tigers a 14-13 victory. And the player who threw that touchdown pass, Patrick Sapp, is Clemson’s sideline reporter on the Tigers radio network.
DUKE: The Blue Devils are the only team in the ACC to open the 2012 season with two FBS opponents that both appeared in bowl games last year. FIU (eight) and Stanford (11) combined for 19 wins last season to mark the highest combined total of any opening tandem in the league. FIU played in the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl, while Stanford was in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
GEORGIA TECH: The Yellow Jackets play Presbyterian for the first time since 1937. The last time the Yellow Jackets played a Big South team -- on Oct. 11, 2008 -- Tech got a real scare from Gardner-Webb. The Jackets won the game 10-7 but only after blocking a Bulldog ﬁeld goal attempt late in the game.
FLORIDA STATE: The Seminoles have allowed just 24.1 percent of its opponents’ rushes to gain 5 yards or more since the start of last season, the lowest percentage in FBS. Their opponent this weekend, Savannah State, gained 5 or more yards on just six of 42 rushes (14.3 percent) last week against Oklahoma State.
MARYLAND: Perry Hills became the first freshman quarterback to start a season opener since redshirt freshman Calvin McCall in 1999, and he is the first true freshman starter since Latrez Harrison later in that 1999 season. Additionally, 14 players made their Maryland debut last Saturday, 12 of which are true freshmen.
MIAMI: The Hurricanes open the season with two consecutive road contests for the first time since the 2005 season. That year, Miami lost 10-7 to Florida State in the opener, then defeated Clemson, 36-30 in triple overtime. The Canes join Rutgers as the only BCS teams that play on the road at least three times in the month of September. In addition to road games at Boston College and Kansas State, Miami will travel to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech on Sept. 22.
NORTH CAROLINA: Casey Barth needs two field goals to surpass his brother, Connor, as the all-time leader in field goals made at UNC. Casey enters the Wake Forest game with 53 career made field goals. He is eight extra points away from the school record of 133 set by Jeff Hayes.
NC STATE: Coach Tom O’Brien has faced Connecticut four times, winning all four contests, while Huskies coach Paul Pasqualoni is 0-2 against the Pack -- losing in 1997 and 1998 as the head coach at Syracuse. O’Brien holds a 27-19 career record against Big East teams. Since coming to NC State in 2007, O’Brien is 4-4 against teams from the Big East, but has won three of the last four matchups.
VIRGINIA: With the win over Richmond last week, Mike London became the first UVa head coach since Rice Warren (1913, 1920-21) to win the season openers in his first three seasons at the helm of the Cavalier football program.
VIRGINIA TECH: Logan Thomas was 7-of-9 with both of his touchdown passes after a play-action fake against Georgia Tech. Thomas leads FBS with 24 rushing first downs on third/fourth down and short (less than or equal to 2 to go).
WAKE FOREST: Wake Forest redshirt freshman punter Alex Kinal had an impressive debut in his first American football game. A star in Australian Rules Football in Adelaide, Australia, Kinal redshirted last year before stepping onto the ﬁeld for the first time against Liberty. Kinal was credited with five punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line. That's just the second time in the Jim Grobe Era (136 games) in which a punter had that many punts inside the opponents' 20.
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